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ECHS students Light the Night for cancer research
ECHS light the night
Wesley Parker, Jackie Dester, Jessica Friday, Emily Wood, Victoria Tillery, Brittany Deal, Julia Tillery, Stephanie Deal, Macy Bragg and Joseph Arseneau at the Light the Night Walk. - photo by Photo by Sandi Van Orden

Students at Effingham County High School raised approximately $5,000 for the Light the Night Walk to benefit cancer research.

C.J. Satterfield, a teacher at ECHS, said the FFA decided to sponsor the fundraiser this year because a member of the FFA, Wesley Parker, has cancer.

“It’s been a lot of work, but I had fun doing it,” Satterfield said.

Parker said he was diagnosed the first time on Nov. 17, 1997. He was then diagnosed again on May 17, 2005.

“It’s nice knowing people are thinking about me,” Parker said about his fellow students participating in the walk.

Wade Jenkins and Amber Vosburgh raised money for the event, and to have their heads shaved in support of those with cancer.